SPEEDWAY, Ind. — A Speedway, Ind., fast-food restaurant and most recently used as a pawn shop linked to the 1978 murders of four young men is scheduled to be demolished in the coming weeks. .
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According to the Associated Press, the building that housed Burger Chef was where four workers were kidnapped in 1978.
Fleet, Davis and Shelton were shot in the back of the head, the Associated Press reported. Officials said Flemons died from choking on his own blood.
The body of Jane Fleet (20). Daniel Davis, 16 years old. Mark Flemons, 16 years old. Ruth Ellen Shelton, 18, was found days later in a county, WTHR reported.
Investigators initially thought it was a minor theft case. According to WTHR, the four murders have remained unsolved for 45 years.
The day after the murder, the restaurant was cleaned and reopened, news outlets reported.
“When people drive by and see this building, it always reminds them of what happened here,” former Speedway Police Officer Bill Jones said, according to WXIN. Jones had begun his career as a patrolman less than a year before the murders.
The building is near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, town officials told local news outlets that the building is expected to be demolished and eventually replaced with a dental clinic.
Speedway City Council President Vince Nobre told the Indianapolis Star, “Over the years, some stores have not been popular for more than a few months. We have spent time talking about redevelopment, but that never happened. “It was,” he said. AP>
The building was most recently used as a Cashland pawn shop, but closed in 2016, according to WTHR.
According to the Associated Press, Burger Chef was once a fast food chain with locations across the country.